Return to East Rustic Road.


One sweltering day, sometime in July 2012, I left Van Nuys with my camera to escape the 105 degree heat. I got off the 405 and drove west, towards the ocean, along San Vicente, until I came into a picturesque canyon, shrouded in fog. I parked my car and ventured on foot to photograph the…

The Streets Were Spotless


On Sunday I went to Burbank to take photos of a 25-year-old actor.  We met at Chili John’s, a “World Famous” landmark, now out-of-business, a spot of streamline slickness with a neon sign, all of its recent Covid signs still intact. Somewhere I had read that preservationists were fighting developers on this site but could…

The Shoe.


The Shoe The young actor with the pompadour walked into North Hollywood’s Pit Fire the other night. We sat at a table, under the counter, near the open pizza oven. I had bought us both a large brown bottle of Arrogant Bastard Ale. Short, compact, muscular, self-confident, courteous and boyish, The Shoe is a practicing…

David Mingrino


David M., originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. Perhaps one of the most distinguished and accomplished actors living north of Victory and east of Sepulveda, sat for a portrait today. Presenting: David Mingrino.

Famous Actors of Van Nuys.


Beans M., originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. "Beans Morocco", my neighbor.